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You guysssssss.

Late last night, a Monday PW post went up early and broke the news.


First of all, let’s have a moment of OMG FOUR BOOKS FOUR BOOKS FOUR BOOKS.



Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system…

  1. What are these four books?!?!
    1. Well, one of them is the sequel to VICIOUS!!!! And one is the third book in the SHADES OF MAGIC series!!! And one is the ‘Devil Book’ I’ve mentioned here and there around the internet–aka the book of my dark soul and probably the only love story I’ll ever write–and the fourth is a secret.
  2. I thought VICIOUS was a standalone!
    1. VICIOUS was, in fact, always designed to be the first in a series, but I feel very strongly that first books should always be able to stand on their own. That said, many people who’ve finished VICIOUS have rightly suspected that I wasn’t done with Victor Vale and the rest of the book’s motley crew.
  3. How many books are in the SHADES OF MAGIC series?
    1. That’s a very good question! I thought it was going to be a trilogy, but it’s safer to think of it as a series. I have always had the arc planned out, and known where it was going and how it would end, but as the world and cast have grown, the adventure has, too. I don’t believe in adding for the sake of adding, so the series will only be as long as it needs to in order to tell the story. Whether that’s 3 or 4 books, I’m not totally sure.
  4. Wait let’s get back to VICIOUS!!! Does the sequel have a title? When is it coming out? What can you tell me??
    1. Haha, right now, I can only tell you what’s in that PW announcement 😉 You’ll have to stay tuned for more.

Right now I just want to say thank you. Thank you to my incredible agent, Holly, the hardest-working champion in the world. And thank you to my amazing editor, Miriam. I want to make book babies with you forever.

But most of all, thank you to my readers. NONE of this would happen without your love and support. Thank you for buying books, for spreading the word, for demanding more Victor Vale. Thank you for helping me make this dream of mine a reality.

Thank you.

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PM listing! AT LAST!


Many people have asked me in the past few months where my PM listing was, did they miss it, why wasn’t it up, was it going to be up, or something to that effect.

Well, it’s FINALLY HERE.

April 11, 2010

Children’s: Young Adult

Victoria Schwab’s debut novel THE NEAR WITCH, a darkly romantic original fairy tale set on enchanted moors where children are disappearing from their beds at night, and a 16 year old girl must protect a mysterious boy whom the villagers accuse of kidnapping, to Abby Ranger at Disney-Hyperion, for publication in Summer 2011, by FinePrint Literary Management (world English).


A NOTE: I feel like I’m trying to double up on my YAY! and *HUGS* and OTHER FORMS OF DIGITAL ENTHUSIASM because most of the time when people first announce their book deal they show the PM listing with it, but I had to wait on mine for various reasons, and I know it should seem like no surprise/no big deal after eight months of edits…but this is A BIG DEAL for me. It makes it seem REAL. It’s an official declaration.

It’s like, in the south, we have debuts, where you’re introduced to society. This is my debut, my introduction, and I feel like I’ve finally, truly joined the party.

And I’ve NEVER been able to sum up NW in one sentence. I marvel.

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The BookSniper!

Lisa and Laura Roecker are hosting an awesome pub person over on their blog, and I think everyone should check them out!

Lisa and Laura say…

"There’s a new totally mysterious, completely anonymous publishing blogger on the interwebs and she ROCKS. Today we’re welcoming the amazing Ms. BookSniper for a guest blog. We’ve gotten to know her a little bit over the past few weeks and let’s just say we’ve developed a raging girl crush.

First things first: Go to her blog and become a follower. Believe me, you won’t regret it. This woman knows stuff about publishing. All the secret stuff that no one ever wants to tell lowly aspiring authors like us.

And the very best thing about all Ms. BookSniper’s visit is that she’s agreed to answer any and all questions that you guys have about publishing! Just leave a comment on this post and she’ll post the answer on her blog next week. See, I told you she’s cool.

Ok, enough with all this telling, time to do the writerly thing and show you how amazing she is. Without further ado, I give you Ms. BookSniper…"

To meet the BookSniper, head over to their ~*~*~*~BLOG~*~*~ (you should be following it anyway because they kind of rock my life).


The Path to Publication

After numerous and ultimately unsuccessful attempts to explain to my friends just how many steps there are to getting published, I’ve decided to make a list.

Disclaimer: this assumes the traditional route of finding an agent, and follows my personal process. It will not be universal.

1. Write book (perhaps write several books).

2. Make book as good as HUMANLY POSSIBLE (this will be good enough for agent, hopefully, who will then have you revise it until they believe it’s as good as humanly possible, which will be good enough for the editor, hopefully, who will then have you revise…you get the idea).

3. Write query letter/email.

4. Send query letter out to agents (usually done in batches, and then in retaliation for rejections accrued).

5. Agent likes query, and requests sample chapters.

a. Agent does not like sample chapters. Rejects. Return to step 4.
b. Agent likes sample chapters and requests more (perhaps 100 pages).

7. Agent likes 100 pages, and requests full (here you squee with joy and then check yourself).

a. Agent rejects full (hopefully with feedback (return to step 4).
b. Agent likes full but requests revisions.
c. Agent offers representation! (commence louder squeeing).

9. If applicable, notify other agents reading. If other agents offer, make difficult choice.

10. Agent helps you make book even shinier, so it will please editors (who like shiny things).

11. Agent submits shiny book to editors.

12. Editors reads book. (This step, through step 15, will most likely take an excruciating amount of time).

a. Editor does not like shiny book, and rejects it.
(I am here)
b. Editor likes book, and passes it on to other editors to read.

a. Editors do not agree on book/do not feel strongly enough, and reject it.
b. Editors like book but have reservations, and request a revision.
c. Editors like book and take it to the acquisitions board.

a. Acquisitions board does not like book/does not feel it fits line or is marketable, etc. and rejects it.
b. Acquisitions board approves, and editor makes an offer!

Whew. So you see, when I tell my friends/random people that I wrote a book, and they ask me when it’s coming out, I will direct them to this list (as you can see, it doesn’t even begin to cover what happens post-book deal, that is for another day).

Note: I did this for self-serving reasons, too. Lately I’ve been so obsessed over what I don’t have, what I’ve yet to achieve, that I forget to look back at how far I’ve come.


This is my journey

Let me catch you up to speed. This is my journey to publication.

Last summer, I wrote a novel. It was odd, in an interesting way, but very, very flawed. I realized it was flawed as soon as I began the query process. Many, many rejections were followed by one exciting submission to Dan Lazar of Writer’s House. He stepped away, but it was a great experience, my first in this industry. I knew I needed to revise, so I did the only thing I could think of as an over-burdened college student. I shelved the book.

Six months later, I was on an author’s website, surfing, and through a series of links I found myself on Nathan Bransford’s blog. He was hosting a dialogue contest. For the first time in six months, I pulled the novel from the shelf and picked a few lines of dialogue. The next morning I woke to learn I was one of five finalists in his contest, out of almost 600 entries! It was the burst of confidence I needed to get my butt in gear and revise the book. That, and the fact that my prize was a query critique, which could easily lead to a manuscript request, and my manuscript was in a sad state.

So, I revised. And then, when I submitted the query to Nathan, he requested a partial. He came back and said it wasn’t working, but offered some really great feedback and said he’d be willing to reconsider a partial. I sank into a hole for almost a week, revising, revising, revising. When I emerged, I resubmitted the partial.

Meanwhile, three other agents, Michael Bourret of D&G, Maya Rock, of WH, and Sara Crowe of HK, all requested material.

Nathan came back and said he liked the revisions, and requested the full.

And here we are.
I have a feeling that this journey is far from over.
It is both exhausting, and exhilarating, and I look forward to every moment of it.

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